Friday, October 21, 2016

It's BOO Time

Last year we got BOO-ed and it was so fun for the kids.  They ran to the door to find a bag of goodies for them.  What a great way to bless your neighbors and a fun excuse to ding dong ditch as an adult.  Haha. 

Our BOO bags were Pumpkin themed.  I strolled down the dollar section at Target to find the goodies.  Little pumpkin box, stickers, socks, glow bracelets, a mini pumpkin, and of course some candy.

Put it all together with the BOO printout you can find at, wait until dark and go out and BOO a neighbor or two.  Sorry my two neighbors who we BOO-ed if we came too late. 

This will definitely be a yearly tradition.  So fun [and a little stressful].  Toddlers don't make the best BOO's.  We ran from the first house, he tripped, fell, and started crying. HAHA.  Way to be discreet little man. The second house was more smooth and partly because I gave the kids a head start running before I rang the bell.  Good times! 

Have a BOO tastic day!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monster POP Popcorn Dessert Bar

When I was a kid, Hocus Pocus and Halloween went hand in hand.  For our littles Charlie Browns Halloween is our yearly tradition.  I love surprising them with a movie night and a special sweet treat.  Remember that one year I made those monster cupcakes?  This year we had monster pop.

We made these monsters out of brown paper paper bags that have been kickin' it in my cabinet for way too long. They colored, I made eye balls.  We folded strips into silly arms.

Little man lost interest so sissy finished them.  Spooochy as he would say.

I prepped the goodies.  The best thing about a pop corn bar is you can make it as healthy or sugary as you want.  Who doesn't love a little skinny pop?! PLUS there is something a little extra for everyone!  To do a sweet and salty combo I used the Skinny Pop and some colored candy melts.

Melted the chocolate and tossed small batches of popcorn in it.  Best flavor combination!!  Any sweet and salty fans out here?! 

 I set up the little dessert bar for the kids and they got to use their monster bags!  Get it now?!  Monster POP.  Ha!  Since daddy is more of a healthy eater there was a tray of plain popcorn and I added cashews and craisins to the mix.  You can also use pretzels or marshmallows, M&M's, granola.  Whatever your heart desires. 

We took a pre movie fun selfie...

Got cozy and onto the main show... Charlie Browns Halloween.  

Our Halloween movie night is one of my favorite traditions but what made this year extra special for was what the little lady said before bed.  A sweet thank you for setting up the treats and planning a fun movie night for us.  Melts ma heart. 

If you want to plan your own pop corn bar for a Halloween movie night.... grab a bag of Skinny pop, some extra treats,  craft a little, sit and enjoy!  Feel free to pin.

Until next time.  Toodles! 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Let Them Eat Cake

 We had the honor of celebrating my sister, the soon to be bride with an extravagant high tea at the Culver Hotel in LA.  The party was stunning and each detail was on point!  Marie Antionette would have been proud.  But before I get into the details of the party, I have to gush about this cake!  Jaw dropping gorgeous right?!

I contacted Donna from The Cake Barn a tid bit late in the game and kept my fingers crossed.  She responded right away, I sent her the picture, worked out cake deatils, she sent me the quote, below our budget, ba bing, ba boom, deposit made over the phone and BAM I have a cake in the works.

What really impressed me about Donna was not that she delivers but how.  The cake was boxed up and protected from any fatalities or sticky kiddy fingers AND she included instructions on the unboxing.  One of the sides to the box comes down, pull and out comes the cake.  It's perfectly protected.

The topper was bubble wrapped surrounded.

She also included instructions on cutting.  Donna, you are awesome!  I have to admit we didn't want to cut the cake because it was so pretty but the dulce de leche inside was well worth the sacrifice!

The cake will live forever in this photo as the perfect center piece to the dessert table.  What mattered the most was that the bride LOVED IT.  She loved it so much that Donna is actually making her wedding cake as well.  

Still can't get over the beautiful detail.

And the topper didn't go to waste, it was used for some photo booth pictures.

 The Cake Barn is our family go to for any cake!  Can you be available in Virginia as well?!  So California friends HERE is all her info in case you need any amazing dessert creations.  Looking forward to seeing the wedding cake Donna.  

Until next time.  Toodles! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Hello Make Up For Ever! I LOVE YOU

My foundation was just about on empty and right at my front door was a delivery from Influenster with a brand spankin new foundation.  Thank you Lord for providing even my smallest of needs!   Say hello to Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation.

Kinda a weird name right?  Ultra HD.  It's suppose to give your skin a flawless look for those those fancy HD cameras that pick up every blemish and wrinkle on my face.  Get it? [heheh] It's a medium coverage foundation that can be built up.  Does it live up to its name?  

It does!!  I have to say after two weeks of using it, I'm sold.... sorry other unnameable expensive foundation you have been replaced.  Before I show you the "how to" let's talk about my trouble areas.  Here's my bare face:  fine lines on the forehead, acne scars, large pores on my nose and cheeks, unbalanced color.  

Applying is easy, just remember TAP and PRESS.  Tap the foundation on to your cheeks, forehead, and the area near your chin.

Press into your pores. 

Then buff...  Use that foundation brush to buff and smooth.  [SIDE NOTE: Love this brush from Younique thanks Kristina!]

TADA!  Perfect tone for my Asian yellow tinted skin.  The foundation comes in 36 different colors and if you go into Sephora they will help you color match your skin using this cool machine that scans your face.  Pretty awesome if I say so myself!

Finish my face and I'm ready to tackle the day!  

I love...
That it matches my skin tone well
It doesn't feel heavy or cake like 
Medium coverage [for winter] 
Lasts a super long time 
Easy to use 

If you want to see it in action check out my video... Say what?!  Yup me on video bare face and all.  

Will see you soon and tell you about this foundations sister, the ultra HD stick!  

Until next time.  Toodles! 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sleepin' in Omelette

Who loves Ree Drummond?  Not only is her cooking show so cute on her little ranch but I love her kitchen items at Walmart.  I got this recipe from an episode we watched on a lazy weekend morning.  It looked so easy and so yummy [right up my ally].  It's perfect for when you have company or for those play dates because it's warm, fresh, filling, and full of cheese.  Doesn't it look delicious?!  You can get the recipe from her blog HERE [she's got better pictures so be sure to check it out].

Now I did alter it a little to our personal taste so I will share my version. 

1 loaf of garlic onion french bread
1 & 1/2 sticks of butter [plus a little extra to butter the pan]
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 oz of cream cheese
2 cups of milk
1 tbsp of garlic
1 tsp fresh chopped chives
1/2 tsp dried mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
10 large eggs

1.  Butter the bottom and sides of your pan.
2. Tear the bread into pieces and place it in the pan.  
3. Sprinkle one cup shredded cheese to evenly.
4. Tear the cream cheese into small pieces and place them all around [my favorite part]
5. Place slices from one and a half sticks of butter all around.
6. Mix together egg, milk, and seasoning.  Pour over the top. 
7. Cover with foil and let it sit pretty overnight. 
8.  In the morning bake at 325 for 45 minutes covered.  Take the foil off and bake at 350 for an extra 10 to 15 minutes. 

Open and serve.  It is cheesy bread omelette-y goodness!

Until next time.  Toodles!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

My Favorite Ipsy [hello Ciate]

Hands down this is the best and my favorite Ipsy bag so far [the July bag]!  

Not only is the bag adorable but mostly everything inside was awesome.

Nail polish, shadow, chap stick, lip color, travel make up remover 

I squealed at the color because it was one that I really wanted in my summer collection.  I've never tried Ciate [which can be purchased at Nordstrom] probably because it's out of my price range for polish BUT I FELL IN LOVE.  I'm usually an OPI girl but Ciate out preforms OPI in the brush department and longevity.  Not to mention the color is gorgeous.  If you've got the money to spend this is probably the best regular nail polish out there aside from Formula X.

A concept that def speaks to me for eye shadow, a Neapolitan palette.  The "strawberry" is so pretty!  It's multidimensional and a shade that makes the eyes pop.  The vanilla is a little shimmery for a highlight but it's pretty when it's blended with the strawberry color. 

Smells good but nothing really special about it. 

Okay, I'm weary of these lip pencil sticks but I love this!  The color is lush and it goes on nicely.  It smells like a hint of peppermint without having a taste which I'm finicky about.  It doesn't last as long as I wish it did but topped with a gloss it's perfect. 

I haven't tried it yet but will do so when we travel. 

If you're considering getting a fun makeup filled bag every month, you can check out this POST and find out why I chose Ipsy.  This months bag was $10 shipped but the contents inside  cost about $60 total!  

Until next time.  Toodles! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mama Meal Swap

I knew our schedule this year would be a little packed [I hate to say busy but yes busy].  What are things that go out the window when it gets busy?  Laundry, meals, housework.  You know what I mean?!  After a full day, the last thing my brain wants to think about is what can I cook?   A hearty meal was not something I wanted to compromise this year SO a few friends and I started a mama meal swap.  We made the meals freezer friendly so they would last longer. 

It is genius really and if you have friends that are awesome cooks [and these ladies CAN] it is a win!  It took minimal planning but has helped all of us these first two weeks of adjusting to our new schedules.  On those days we were coming home late from gymnastics or church it was one less thing to worry about. 

The three of us each came up with two meals.  I chose pot pie and meatballs for meatball subs.  I cooked enough for three families.  It was a lot of food and took a chunk of time BUT it was so WORTH IT! 

I packaged everything up [kept two for myself].  

Then the magic happened and we swapped.  A freezer full of six home made meals!  Enchiladas, chili, chicken and broccoli casserole, baked ziti, meatballs, and pot pie.  It also helps when you have friends with big families because some of the meals I got were enough for two different nights [score!].  

Starting September with  six yummy meals on hand was so handy!  I thaw a meal in the fridge the night before, pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes and BAM we have dinner [you can cook it frozen it just takes forever]. 

I know what some of you are thinking.... why not just buy frozen meals?  I thought about this too but I've had store bought frozen meals before.  Maybe it's just me but they just don't taste quite the same as mamas homemade recipe.  Maybe I have a picky palette.  If you are thinking about a swap feel free to pin.

Gather those ladies in your circle who are cooks I would highly suggest a Mama Meal Swap!  Maybe I can post some recipes and take out half the work for ya'll.  Guarantee you it will be one less thing to worry about at four o'clock. 

Until next time.  Toodles!